“Yellowcard has been through some incredible highs and some debilitating lows. This time around we are just so grateful that we still have the chance to make music and tour the world. I think we are all very conscious now of how quickly this can disappear and we aren’t taking a single thing for granted,” Ryan Key, singer/guitarist of Yellowcard, writes in an email on the band’s recent return from a three year hiatus.
Having formed in 1997, pop-punk band Yellowcard reached success in 2003 after signing with Capitol Records and releasing the critically well received Ocean Avenue.
According to an interview in the May, 2011 edition of Alternative Press, Yellowcard had trouble both with this success and the quick descent of non-success. Five years after Ocean Avenue, Yellowcard announced a hiatus and all of the members dispersed to pursue careers, marriage, and hobbies.
During the break, Key never stopped thinking about music and began collaboration with a new bassist, Sean O’Donnell, as well as former band mates. His efforts led the group back to L.A. to record the aptly titled, When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes.
“When things got to a point that we all needed to step away from the band for a while, I was not sure that we’d ever work together again. However we were able to work through everything and come back stronger than ever. I think that is our greatest accomplishment to date,” Ryan Key relates.
Reviews for When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes have been positive.
Absolutepunk.net calls Yellowcard’s latest, “exactly the album that fans should be hoping for. Yellowcard’s hiatus was not their end, and this record should not come across with any sort of finality. Rather, we’re witnessing the beginning of a new chapter of this band’s story.”
Ryan Key agrees.
“At one point we had a lot of commercial success but that landscape has changed so much in such a short time that touring has become the place where we focus all of our energy. Songs on the radio will come and go but if we can ensure that we have a career touring then there is no limit to the longevity the band can attain.
I want to be able to do this for the rest of my life in some form, whether it be touring with Yellowcard or writing/producing music. So far I think we are on the right track.”
Yellowcard is looking forward to catching up with Minneapolis/St Paul fans on Tuesday, October 18 at the Varsity Theater.
“We have been coming to Minneapolis since our first official US tour with Rise Against in 2001. I think our connection there is with our fans who have stayed with the band all this time.”
This show is all ages. Doors are at 5pm. Advance tickets are $20. $22 at the door. The Varsity Theater is located at 1308 4th St SE, Minneapolis. with Every Avenue, GO RADIO, and Small Town Hope